IBM Spectrum Protect Advanced Administration, Tuning, and Troubleshooting Course

Course Duration: 5

Duration (Hrs) 40 Hours/Hours

Category: IT

Course Mentor: Engineering Science Institute for Training


  • In this advanced-level course, you streamline your daily operations with the latest features, such as using Retention Sets for data retention, and using the Web Client 2.0 to restore data. You use the Operations Center and administrative command line to manage multiple IBM Spectrum Protect servers and nodes.
  • This course also includes scripting, performance tuning, restoring the database and storage, and an overview of integration with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus 10.1.6.
  • The hands-on exercises are performed on two Windows  server  virtual machines.

Targeted Audience

  •  This course is suitable  for  Implementers and administrators who have experience with IBM Spectrum Protect.


After completing this course, attendees should be able to:

  •   Describe a multi-server IBM Spectrum Protect storage environment.
  • Manage storage containers and traditional storage pools.
  • Configure a multi-server environment.
  • Improve data protection and recovery with replication.
  • Enable advanced client functions.
  • Protect and monitor the IBM Spectrum Protect environment.
  • Use scripting to automate daily processing.
  • Optimize the IBM Spectrum Protect server and client.
  • Troubleshoot common problems.

The Main Topic of the Course

  • Managing a Multi-Server Spectrum Protect 7.1.6 Environment
  • Storage Pool Management
  • Multi-Site Management
  • Replication and Disaster Recovery
  • Client Functions and management
  • Daily Maintenance
  • Automation and Scripting
  • Reporting and Monitoring
  • Tuning the Server and Client for Optimization
  • Troubleshooting and Recovery

Course Requirements

  • Experience navigating Windows Server 2016 Standard.
  • IBM Spectrum Protect (or IBM Tivoli Storage Manager) hands-on experience
  • IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.9, Implementation and Administration course (course code: TS618G) or equivalent skills
  • Explain the features of IBM Spectrum Protect.
  • Describe the concept of cloud storage.
  • Install IBM Spectrum Protect server, backup-archive client, and Operations
  • Navigate the administrative interfaces.
  • Manage the IBM Spectrum Protect database and recovery log.
  • Create and manage storage pools and storage pool volumes.
  • Explain the concepts of attaching and preparing a media library.
  • Define a management policy to meet business requirements.
  • Configure and manage client options.
  • Backup, restore, archive, and retrieve client data.
  • Protect the IBM Spectrum Protect database and storage pools.
  • Schedule administrative tasks.

LAB Requirement

  • It is recommended to have LAB in this course

Course Outlines and Training Plan

Module 1:

  • Managing a Multi-Server Spectrum Protect 7.1.6 Environment
  • Basic Spectrum Protect concepts
  • Spectrum Protect Operations Center
  • Benefits of a multi-server Spectrum Protect environment
  • The IBM Spectrum Protect storage family

Module 2:

  • Storage Pool Management
  • Managing storage pool hierarchies
  • Data movement
  • Using policy to determine storage destination
  • Container storage pools
  • Client-side deduplication
  • Inline deduplication

Module 3:

  • Multi-Site Management
  • Overview of multi-site management
  • Create a server pair
  • Configure servers for multi-site management

Module 4:

  • Replication and Disaster Recovery
  • Configure replication
  • Configuring automatic client failover
  • Audit and repair damage in a container storage pool
  • Additional disaster recovery methods

Module 5:

  • Client Functions and management
  • Backup and Restore Overview
  • Journal-based backups
  • Backup group
  • Image/snapshot backups

Module 6:

  • Daily Maintenance
  • Daily maintenance
  • Daily storage pool maintenance tasks; legacy disk to tape
  • Daily storage pool maintenance tasks; multi-site
  • Database backups

Module 7:

  • Automation and Scripting
  • Spectrum Protect SQL queries
  • Macros
  • Server scripts
  • Daily maintenance scripts

Module 8:

  • Reporting and Monitoring
  • Reviewing events and messages
  • Configure Operations Center alerts
  • Client Management Services
  • Creating reports in the Operations Center

Module 9:

  • Tuning the Server and Client for Optimization
  • Performance tuning overview
  • Optimized planning considerations
  • Tuning options
  • Server tuning
  • Optimizing the Spectrum Protect database
  • Client tuning
  • Server and client instrumentation

Module 10 :

  • Troubleshooting and Recovery
  • Problem determination
  • Database recovery
  • Storage pool recovery


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